The Newsroom: Season 1 (2012)


Season 1
The Newsroom

Critics Consensus

Though it sports good intentions and benefits from moments of stellar dialogue and a talented cast, The Newsroom may feel too preachy, self satisfied, and cynical to appeal to a wide range of viewers.



Critic Ratings: 46


Audience Score

User Ratings: 415
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Air date: Jun 24, 2012
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A volatile cable-news anchor (Jeff Daniels) and the idealogical staff that has just been foisted upon him set out to 'do the news well' in the face of numerous obstacles in Season 1 of this HBO series from Aaron Sorkin ('The Social Network').


Jeff Daniels
as Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer
as MacKenzie McHale
John Gallagher Jr.
as Jim Harper
Alison Pill
as Margaret Jordan
Thomas Sadoski
as Don Keefer
Sam Waterston
as Charlie Skinner
Dev Patel
as Neal Sampat
Olivia Munn
as Sloan Sabbith
Adina Porter
as Kendra James
Chris Chalk
as Gary Cooper
David Harbour
as Elliot Hirsch
Chris Messina
as Reese Lansing
Terry Crews
as Lonny Church
Hope Davis
as Nina Howard
Jane Fonda
as Leona Lansing
Margaret Judson
as Tess Westin
Jon Tenney
as Wade Campbell
David Krumholtz
as Dr. Jack Habib
Stephen Henderson
as Solomon Hancock
Thomas Matthews
as Martin Stallworth
John F. Carpenter
as Herb Wilson
Trieu Tran
as Joey Phan
Paul Schneider
as Brian Brenner
Wynn Everett
as Tamara Hart
Charlie Weirauch
as Jake Watson
Adam Arkin
as Adam Roth
David Cromer
as Moderator
Jake McDorman
as Tate Brady
Philip Baker Hall
as Bryce Delancy
Damon Gupton
as Sutton Wall
Eve Gordon
as Phylis Greer
Merle Dandridge
as Maria Guerrero
Yuki Matsuzaki
as Daisuke Tanaka
JD Cullum
as Frank Guidry
Chuma Hunter-Gault
as Assistant Director
Ned Vaughn
as Dick Warren
John Walcutt
as Greg Towne
Saemi Nakamura
as Translator
Sarah Scott Davis
as Terry Smith
Deborah Strang
as Gloria Hansen
Cornell Womack
as Daniel Mendoza
Brian Huskey
as Jake Watson
Marshall Bell
as Ross Fernholm
Riley Voelkel
as Jennifer Adams
Megan Park
as Gwen Valley
Ricky Mabe
as Steven
Norma Maldonado
as Housekeeper
Steven Hack
as Dr. Morris
Stefanie Malouf
as Karaoke #1
Emily Wilson
as Shannon Bryer
Jill Remez
as Sherri Stone
Jamison Yang
as Martin Wing
Cyndee San Luis
as Paulita Maya
Chauncey Jenkins
as Karaoke #2
Mia Barron
as Sheryl Bell
Victoria Kelleher
as Charlie's Secretary
Corey Sorenson
as Mike Lyndall
Everette Wallin
as Ted Wexler
Laura Stone
as Danielle
Tehmina Sunny
as Melinda Douglas
Troy Blendell
as Kyle Lohman
Briana Cuoco
as Neal's Girl
Tristin Mays
as Karaoke Girl
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News & Interviews for The Newsroom: Season 1

Critic Reviews for The Newsroom Season 1

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (24)

Even with The West Wing creator at the wheel, HBO's Next Big Drama, Newsroom, which is set at a CNN-like network, disappoints.

Sep 13, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Speechifying, crusading characters and high drama are acceptable when the future of the free world is at risk; less so when it's the future of an 11pm cable news show.

Mar 28, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Ultimately, no one appears more deluded than Sorkin. His Will McAvoy is an insufferable blowhard, but the show spends most of its energy trying to convince us he's a saint.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Monstrously misconceived and incompetently executed, powered by a high-octane blend of arrogance and contempt, The Newsroom is an epochal failure, a program destined for television's all-time What Were They Thinking?

Jun 24, 2012 | Full Review…

The show offers a lot of great talking, but to whom does it wish to speak?

Jun 24, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It all feels over-overwrought.

Jun 24, 2012 | Full Review…

The Newsroom is a little like 24 would be if there were no Jack Bauer, only the nerds back at CTU.

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Flawed, but endlessly fascinating and enjoyable.

Aug 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Aaron Sorkin's latest show is so serious it's ridiculous.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

We really enjoyed The Newsroom... But Sorkin's desperation to say something serious and make statements are so ham-fisted and hackneyed that it will rub many up the wrong way and leave those that would normally sympathise with him feeling patronized.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Newsroom: Season 1

  • Feb 04, 2019
    One of my all-time favorite TV series. I love Sorkin's writing and this show is just on an entirely different level than all of his previous ventures in television (which I also really enjoyed - but even The West Wing is not of the caliber that The Newsroom is.) The cast - led by Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Thomas Sadoski, Allison Pill, David Harbour and Sam Waterston - is truly outstanding. It also features a number of great guest spots Damon Gupron, David Krumholtz and Terry Crews. The characters are beautifully drawn - the show is both inspirational and wildly funny. The speech Will McAvoy delivers in the pilot is just a masterpiece. The show is perfectly cast with characters I fell in love with almost immediately. My only disappointment in the show was that Sorkin let the media criticism of the first season get to him - and unfortunately, it resulted in the show moving in a less inspirational direction - and Sorkin is always at his best when he is tilting at windmills.
  • Dec 10, 2018
    Hammer hitting a cantaloupe.
  • Feb 19, 2018
    47%??? who are you peaople???
  • Oct 22, 2017
    Pretends to be a journey back to the sane from the frenzy of a polarized bipartisan America. When all I've seen are blatant jabs at a series of dimwitted caricatures from the Republican party. Wouldn't balanced criticize both sides? I don't adhere to either side but don't try to set the characters up as above the bipartisan squalor when its clearly just more of the same. Liberals (aka Sorkin) fueling the division America is already in. The acting is good, well written dialogue, but overall plot scheme and agenda have already bored me out of watching it. Had potential but clearly Aaron Sorkin doesn't want what Will McAvoy claims to be pursuing a "United" States of America.
  • Aug 19, 2017
    This is an inspirational show that is actually very relevant to the media today. The characters are very diverse and interesting. Each episode keeps you wanting more.
  • Jul 27, 2017
    I WOULD GIVE IT 5 STARS IF THEY WOULD GET THAT BLONDE GIRL'S SCRIP CHANGED. Annoying as hell. Jeff and the cast are great. So informative about past issues , things you were not aware of. Fast paced and well directed.
  • Mar 06, 2017
    One of the best shows ever
  • Dec 21, 2016
    The Newsroom: Season 1 is created by Aaron Sorkin, and it stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., and Allison Pill in political drama about a news anchor who made an outburst about America being the greatest country in the world and made a speech about why it isn't. When that happened, people talked about for a long time that even Will McAvoy's (Jeff Daniels) staff acted differently towards him and most actually quit. So when Will's ex-girlfriend now works as his executive producer, the news would be different than what it was, and even McAvoy is up for actual news, even if it leads to problems in the future. I remember seeing the "America isn't the greatest country in the world" video a year ago at high school when my history teacher show us that, and during that time, I didn't know that it was a show, and that Aaron Sorkin wrote that, who is one of my favorite writers. So I watched the video here or there when I felt like it, I figured that I should just watch the show after watching Westworld. So I watched it, and actually enjoyed it. The casting in this is terrific, Jeff Daniels did such an amazing job in this that I honestly would not think of this actor in a role other then Will McAvoy except for a few exceptions like Dumb and Dumber. Emily Mortimer is great in it, and it's interesting to see John Gallagher Jr. without a beard nor a mustache. The characters are good and have a lot of funny moments, even if the main character can be a bit too mean-spirited at times. The dialogue is interesting to listen which is always thanks to Aaron Sorkin and other writer's writing in this. The arguments in this are compelling to watch, even though at times that it feels like characters are arguing just for the sake of arguing which makes you forget about what was even the context of the situation. The story is interesting, even though there were moments that weren't that investing and just felt random at times. The news that they come up are interesting which make me learn a bit more about what's going on, and it felt like I was actually watching the actual news, not a rehearsal of what it's like in the news. It also felt really preachy when it's trying to mean something, and add music that gives off more meaning to it, which is fine for some of it, but it does it more times than I want of it. The Newsroom: Season 1 isn't one of Aaron Sorkin's best works, but I really like what Aaron Sorkin has done for this show, and knowing the fact from critics that it gets better from season to season, I'm looking forward to see if that's true.
  • Jul 30, 2016
    A good show to watch if you are interested in media. Critics would hate it because most of critics here are from tabloid magazine and the show did not hesitate to mock them all.
  • Jun 15, 2016
    The critics are on crack. This show is wonderful.

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